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Could Oral Facial Therapy Be the Answer for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea

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  • According to a Swedish study, as many as half of all women between the ages of 20 and 70 suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea – the inability to breathe properly during sleep. Among women with hypertension or who were obese, 80-84 percent had sleep apnea
  • Sleep apnea is associated with increased risk of stroke, silent brain infarction, heart attack, and early death
  • Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include increased forward head posture when sleeping, snoring, and frequent tossing and turning while sleeping
  • While obesity was previously believed to be a primary cause of sleep apnea, the issue appears to be more related to the shape and size of your mouth and the positioning of your tongue than your weight
  • If your sleep apnea is related to your tongue or jaw position, specialty trained dentists can design a custom oral appliance to address the issue, or you can use a novel set of tools called myofunctional exercises, designed to naturally reshape the structure of your mouth
  • Mandibular repositioning devices, designed to shift your jaw forward, or others that help hold your tongue forward without moving your jaw, may also be helpful

By Dr. Mercola

Not sleeping well? You're not alone... A recently published study from Sweden highlights just how common more severe sleep problems, like sleep apnea, might be. Apnea is a Greek word that means "breathe." Sleep apnea is the inability to breathe properly, or the limitation of breath or breathing, during sleep.

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